Strong Communities

The work of protecting natural resources and the work of building better communities are integral to each other.


map that shows the neighborhoods around Tonsler Park, including the proposed trail

Community members come together to plan Fifeville Trail

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Urban trails can bring communities together like never before. The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is working with the Fifeville Neighborhood Association (FNA) and the Rivanna Trails Foundation (RTF), the City of Charlottesville and many other community organizations to connect Greenstone ...
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Briefing Paper: Resources for Climate Action Planning in Albemarle County

Briefing Paper: Resources for Climate Action Planning in Albemarle County

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Southwest Mountains, Albemarle County. Image by Hugh Kenny/PEC. This climate action planning brief was prepared for The Piedmont Environmental Council Albemarle County board and represents insights provided by a variety of resource specialists. The goal of the paper is to ...
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Moving the Needle

Moving the Needle

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Next Generation Making a Difference in Key PEC Programs Josh Press-WilliamsClimate Action Planning Resources Josh Press-Williams, who grew up in Charlottesville, returned to the city in early 2021 to help PEC tackle climate change communication. Working with Senior Conservation Fellow ...
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a monopole cell tower over trees

AT&T Tower Proposal Threatens Scenic Ridgeline and Violates County Code

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The following text was taken from an email alert sent out on September 10, 2021. Sign up for PEC email alerts >> Aerial of the proposed AT&T monopole tower from the Planning Commission Staff Report. Dear Supporter, At 6 pm on Tuesday, ...
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one man with microphone reads off a posted to another man

Mini Summit Continues Forward Movement; Mobility Social Recognizes One Who Started It

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Passionate activists, professionals, and community members came together virtually on August 27 to work to make Charlottesville and Albemarle a better place for walking, biking and active living. Later, many of them (joined by others) enjoyed an outdoor happy hour ...
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